Archive for February 2014

Conservation of Modern Materials

Conservation of Modern Materials

As artists continue to push the possibilities of arts production, it’s a constant battle for Conservators to keep researching and testing new ways to restore them. Conservators have to ask; how should conservation techniques adapt to preserving and displaying these new challenging materials? Recent investments in developing conservation studios, and securing funding for research into new methods of restoration, have enabled important enquiries to take place surrounding this question. Read more

Jean-Michel Basquiat: Works from the Collection of Alexis Adler

Jean-Michel Basquiat: Works from the Collection of Alexis Adler

In the late 1970’s, behind the walls of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s first fixed address with his then-girlfriend Alexis Adler, he began transforming their apartment into an evolving live-in installation. Having bought the apartment after Basquiat’s death in 1988, Christie’s will unveil much of the work at an exhibition at the Rockefeller Center from 1 to 28 March 2014. Read more

Contemporary Season at Phillips Auctioneers

Contemporary Season at Phillips Auctioneers

As the Contemporary Season comes to a close for the art world’s top auction houses, the John Jones team have been reflecting on the records realised and the unfortunate no sales. Read more

Record-Breaking Art Sales Kick Off 2014

Record-Breaking Art Sales Kick Off 2014

2013 was a glimmering year for the art market with Christie’s seeing a 16% rise in sales which climaxed with the record-breaking sale in November of Francis Bacon’s triptych, snapped up by an anonymous bidder for a huge $142.4 million. The market is showing no sign of waning this year either, with record sales realised by both Sotheby’s and Christie’s this month. Read more

BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair Returns in March

BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair Returns in March

The British Antique Dealers’ Association, or BADA, hosts the annual Antiques & Fine Art Fair in the heart of Chelsea. This year the acclaimed fair returns from the 19th to the 25th of March. Read more

Flooding Damage Treatment Advice

Flooding Damage Treatment Advice

The flood levels are rising and more warning issues have been released as the weather doesn’t show signs of easing. The terrible conditions, which have affected the lives of people across the country, are causing damage to personal possessions, including valuable collections of fine art, photography and memorabilia. The John Jones Conservation department have provided this emergency advice to those affected. Read more

‘RE-’ Gala Dinner

‘RE-’ Gala Dinner

Each year the Contemporary Art Society organises a major fundraising gala dinner and auction, which raises vital funds to purchase new works of contemporary art for museums in the UK. The 2014 gala, ‘RE-‘, takes place on 11th March at the spectacular Tobacco Dock in London. Exploring ideas of re-imagining, re-creating, re-using, re-thinking and re-cycling, ‘RE-‘ focuses on new and dynamic ways that we are looking to the past in anticipation of the dawn of a new era. Read more

New Rules Introduced for the Online Art Market

New Rules Introduced for the Online Art Market

New rules for the online art market mean bidders have the right to return goods within 14 days and sellers have to reveal their identity, but what will the repercussions be? Will many people return works bought at auctions? Read more

Art14 - 2 for 1 offer on Standard Tickets

Art14 - 2 for 1 offer on Standard Tickets

Art14 London returns for its second instalment between February 28th and March 2nd at the Olympia Grand Hall. This year, the fair is set to build on its success encouraging more than the staggering 25,000 visitors they received last year. Read more

Martino Gamper – Design is a State of Mind

Martino Gamper – Design is a State of Mind

The impressive architecture of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery will play host to its second major design exhibition from 5th March to 21st April 2014. Influential London-based Italian designer and guest-curator, Martino Gamper, will offer a new perspective on our material world by telling the tale of the ways in which design objects have impacted on our lives. Read more

‘Careers in the Visual Arts’ Courses at Whitechapel Gallery

‘Careers in the Visual Arts’ Courses at Whitechapel Gallery

Whitechapel Gallery has, in partnership with The Art Fund, announced four new ‘Careers in the Visual Arts’ courses set to run throughout March and April. Read more

Walid Raad Preface to the First English Edition at Anthony Reynolds Gallery

Walid Raad Preface to the First English Edition at Anthony Reynolds Gallery

John Jones client, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, will be showcasing the work of renowned Lebanese artist, Walid Raad, from 1st March to 5th April. The exhibition follows Preface to the First Edition, which Raad exhibited at the Louvre in 2013. The next instalment, Preface to the First English Edition, promises to be a fine example of how artists can apply the language of museums to critique documentation of events - in Raad’s case the contemporary history of the Lebanon. Read more

David Shrigley Announced as 2016 Forth Plinth Commission Winner

David Shrigley Announced as 2016 Forth Plinth Commission Winner

Stephen Friedman Gallery have just announced that the critically acclaimed artist David Shrigley has been selected for the Forth Plinth commission, and the witty humoured artist will be unveiling his dark patina bronze extended ‘thumbs up’ gesture, Really Good, during the summer of 2016. Shrigley intends to improve things which we consider ‘bad’, like the economy and weather, by installing a 10 meter sign of positivity for the public, and hopes the work will become a ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’ which will make London and the UK a better place. Read more

National Art and Photography Competition - ‘Childhood Revisited’

National Art and Photography Competition - ‘Childhood Revisited’

Terapia, established in 2003 and based in Barnet, is an integrative school that specialises in early therapeutic interventions for children and young people suffering from mental health problems. In order to make people aware of the positive and negative effects childhood experiences can have, the school is launching a National Art & Photography competition later this year. Read more

United Visual Artists Exhibition Opens at the Barbican

United Visual Artists Exhibition Opens at the Barbican

Momentum, an installation of immersive sound, light and movement by United Visual Artists, opens at The Curve gallery at the Barbican Centre 13th February and runs until to 1st June. The innovative exhibition combines choreographed sequences of multi-disciplinary art and design elements inspired by physics and digital technologies. Read more

Design Week Awards

Design Week Awards

Leading website and general hub of the design world, Design Week Magazine, has announced new categories as well as a brand new website and venue for its annual awards ceremony. The awards reveal and celebrate the year’s elite of design talents, this time with the additional categories of ‘Brand of the Year’ and 'Design Team of the Year’, which will recognise the efforts of excellent team work and innovative branding. Read more

Photographing the Heath Classes

Photographing the Heath Classes

Photograph the Heath is set to hold a night time street photography class in Highgate every Monday throughout February from 6pm. Run by a professional photographer, this class will explore street photography in low light conditions, and teach you how to play with the settings on your DSLR in order to capture moving traffic headlights and buildings at night beautifully. Each class meets at a Café in Highgate Village to set the tone to a relaxed and enjoyable learning environment. Read more

February Newsletters

February Newsletters

Every month, we produce a choice of themed newsletters for artists, photographers, interior designers, collectors and art enthusiasts. Each issue is filled with events, tips and special offers from across the art and design world! Please click on the image to read our February editions Read more

Hockney: Printmaker at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Hockney: Printmaker at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Long-time client and friend of John Jones, David Hockney, celebrates his 60th anniversary of his first print made at the Royal College of Art this year by showcasing 100 lithographs and etchings at Dulwich Picture Gallery. The exhibition, curated by Christie’s head of Prints and multiples Richard Lloyd, opened 5th February and will run until 11th May. Read more

The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award

The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award

Each year, the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award is offering £8,000 in financial support to ‘innovative sculptors’ who ‘demonstrate a commitment to process and sensitivity to materials.’ The deadline for applications is 24 February at 5pm, and this year, the guest selectors include Director of Tate Britain, Penelope Curtis, and renowned British Sculptor, Conrad Shawcross. Read more

Burroughs, Lynch and Warhol at TPG

Burroughs, Lynch and Warhol at TPG

Until 30 March, The Photographers Gallery will be exhibiting photographs by American greats William S. Burroughs, David Lynch and Andy Warhol. The exhibitions provide a brilliant overview of the current trend of diarist photography, and together they give an insight into the use of photography as a tool to aid the creative process across many disciplines. Read more

Bloomberg New Contemporaries Open Call

Bloomberg New Contemporaries Open Call

Since 1949 Bloomberg New Contemporaries has provided a platform for new and recent graduates to exhibit nationally as part of a touring exhibition, and this year, the organisation is celebrating its 65th anniversary. A pool of established artists has participated in New Contemporaries including Jake and Dinos Chapman, Anthony Gormley, Damien Hirst and long-time John Jones client, David Hockney. Read more

Artists’ International Development Fund Call for Applications

Artists’ International Development Fund Call for Applications

Artists' International Development Fund is a jointly funded scheme by the British Council and Arts Council England worth £750,000. The deadline for the 6th round of applications is 7th February at 5pm. Read more

Unique Opens at Jessica Carlisle Gallery on 18th February

Unique Opens at Jessica Carlisle Gallery on 18th February

Jessica Carlisle Gallery’s new exhibition, Unique, disrupts traditional printing processes and their relationship to repetition and uniformity. The exhibition showcases three talented artists, Vera Boele-Keimer, Olivia Krimpas and Whitney McVeigh, who will each present works that question the notion of uniqueness within the printed format. Read more

Bailey’s Stardust at the National Portrait Gallery

Bailey’s Stardust at the National Portrait Gallery

Highly anticipated exhibition Bailey Stardust opens at the National Portrait Gallery on 6th February. David Bailey is regarded as one of the world’s ‘most distinguished and distinctive photographers, and for this exhibition he presents a thematic overview of personally selected portraits. Read more

Mariana Heilmann at KAC

Mariana Heilmann at KAC

Doha-based contemporary artist and longstanding friend of John Jones, Mariana Heilmann, returns with her anticipated solo exhibition, Resonance, at KAC from 4th February – 8th March. Read more

Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined at the RA

Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined at the RA

From 25th January to April 6th seven architectural practices will reimagine the Royal Academy of Arts main gallery spaces to produce a multi-sensory experience for the viewer. Read more